Asylum? What ever did happen to Soul Asylum? That seemed
to be a question that would come up every now and again, and no one
seemed to know the answer. Well, I guess the answer is out,
and that answer is that Dave Pirner and the boys have a new album
out (ďCandy From a StrangerĒ), and are hitting the road.
Soul Asylum, for me, was always one of those bands I wanted to
see, but never got the chance. Iíll tell you this much, I
wonít let that happen again, although coming off the Barenaked
Ladies set, Soul Asylum just couldnít push the crowd to that
entertainment envelope. Donít get me wrong, they sounded
great, and Dave even played a kazoo, but in all honesty, most of the
crowd, seemed like, ďOh yea, they played that song,Ē but couldnít
get into the performance.
Now, not seeing them
before, I donít know if the band is known for their lack of stage
presence, but as intense as they were, they just didnít connect
with the crowd. And what surprised me from the lack of crowd
response was that the band did seem to do a great mix of
intermingling their hits with lesser known and new songs. I
figured that in any case, the crowd would have at least done a
little roller coaster ride of singing along, then not, then singing,
etc. But mostly the crowd just sat there.
I guess the Soul Asylum portion of this review will be short
because there isnít much to say about them other than they sounded
great, and as intense as the band was, it just didnít reach into
the audience. Iíll give them A SHRUG this time around, but
even with that, Iím looking forward to seeing them in a smaller
venue, with their fans to maybe help them along a little more.